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Antoine Jourdain, age 52, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique. He began his career in 1992 in France as an engineer drilling on the underground storages of gas then in Houston in Texas on exploration production projects.
In 1997, he joined the distribution activity of EDF in Limousin and in Morbihan where he managed the whole customer activity.
In 2002 he is appointed to the management of the Strategy of GDF and worked on the IPO and the restructurings imposed by European Regulations.
IN 2006 he moved to Hungary as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Egaz-Degaz, subsidiaries of Engie. In 2008 he joined Eustream, the company in charge of the transit of Russian gas in Slovakia, as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2012 he is appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SSE, in charge of the distribution and of the sale of electricity on a third of Slovakia’s territory.
Antoine JOURDAIN joined Enedis in 2014 as Interregional Director and in December 2017 was promoted to “Directeur Technique ” (CTO) in charge of development of Smart Grids, and integration of massive development of renewable on French Territory.
Larry Bekkedahl is responsible for PGE's transmission and distribution engineering and operations functions. He oversees the company's Transmission and Reliability, Engineering and Design, Distribution Services, Asset Management, System Control Center and Dispatch, and Substation Operations sections. He joined PGE in 2014. Bekkedahl was previously senior vice president for transmission services at the Bonneville Power Administration, and he has held other leadership and management positions at BPA, Clark Public Utilities, PacifiCorp and Montana Power Company. He serves on the Electric Power Research Institute's utility executive committee, the University of Akron's energy advisory committee, Intel's utility sector advisory committee, the All Hands Raised Foundation board for Portland Public Schools, and is an elected representative to the PEAK Reliability member advisory board. Bekkedahl earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University.
Paul Barham is responsible for the safe, reliable and economical delivery of electrical power to our customers. He oversees the Engineering and Planning functions for Transmission and Distribution, field operations for Transmission and Substation, and the grid modernization and asset management programs associated with electric delivery.
Barham has been with CPS Energy for over 32 years. He has served in a variety of positions at our utility, including leadership positions in Power Generation, Generation Planning and Energy Market Operations.
Barham has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.
Josh is Director of Innovation at Duquesne Light Company, where he leads Company’s Innovation Center, identifies and maintains a portfolio of innovation opportunities, and serves as the principal liaison with external parties focused on innovation. Prior to joining Duquesne Light in 2019, Josh founded and led a new innovation department called the Innovation Hub at Con Edison. Previously he led the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E’s) commercialization efforts focused on the electric grid where we worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, and Smart Wires who raised over $300M from investors such as Bill Gates. The remainder of Josh’s career has been spent at the intersection of energy and innovation, including a stint at Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of the late Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and Professor at Harvard Business School. Josh has a Certificate in Electrical Engineering from Siemens Power Academy, a Master’s of Business Administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College.
Mr. Neshati has been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years, starting when he joined the Northern California Distributor for Detroit Diesel and Allison in 1979. After working within the Detroit Diesel and Allison distributor network for nearly fifteen years in various roles including service and parts manager, materials manager and eventually General Sales Manager, he joined Complete Coach Works as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. There he led the company to significant sales growth during his 18 year tenure, including the sale of 22 zero emission buses to IndyGO - the single largest order for battery electric buses at the time.
Mr. Neshati joined BYD Coach and Bus in 2014 as Senior Vice President of BYD Heavy Industries helping build a dynamic sales team that quickly led the company to record levels of battery electric bus sales. In his early years, he managed the construction of an additional 450,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and warehouse space leading to the creation of over 700 new jobs in the Antelope Valley.
Mr. Neshati also led the negotiating team that successfully executed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with SMART Local 105 and a groundbreaking Community Benefits Agreement between BYD and a coalition led by Jobs to Move America (JMA).
Mr. Neshati is a graduate of Berkeley High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from St. Mary’s College in Orinda, CA.
Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely with the mission to accomplish energy efficiency at a massive scale. As CEO of Bidgely, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership: Abhay sets the commercial and technical vision, strategy and leadership for Bidgely: to provide the platform of choice for proven energy engagement and savings for utilities and consumers. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems.He holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Stina Brock is the Senior Vice President of North America for Electron. She is focused on working with industry partners, utilities, and grid operators to bring Electron’s innovative solutions to energy markets to enable a more efficient and sustainable grid. Previously, Stina was the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge, leading Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. At Sunverge, Stina was responsible for developing Sunverge's product offerings for utilities. She led Sunverge’s efforts to use blockchain technology to improve how distributed resources at the grid edge can provide value to utilities and energy markets. As an original member of the product team, she grew the company's product to commercialization and helped to expand Sunverge’s customer base across North America and globally. Prior to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed utility operations at EnerNOC (acquired by Enel), a demand response and smart grid industry leader. She started her career at Accenture as a strategy consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.
Erik is the Director of Energy Services & Technology at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, the wholesale power provider serving the end needs of 2.5 million people through a network of 26 locally owned and operated distribution cooperatives. Erik and his team are focused on efficiently, effectively deploying distributed energy resources for the benefit of consumer-members, their local electric cooperative and the wholesale portfolio. Current initiatives include the build out and operation of multiple microgrids, energy storage, renewables integration and the mass deployment of demand response devices. Another critical function of Erik’s team is the careful coordination and dispatch of distributed energy resources to ensure they are delivering optimum value. His group also leads the pursuit and evaluation of emerging technologies and resources. Erik has a mechanical engineering degree and MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served as a navy nuclear submarine officer for 12 years and most recently worked at North Carolina State University as the Director of Energy Management.
Since 2013 Mr. Coker has led the efforts to market adoption and installations of Viking Cold’s TES systems throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He regularly collaborates with energy and refrigeration experts from third-party engineering firms, utilities, government agencies, and cold storage operators for validation studies, pilots, and customer installations. He has also been responsible for the acceptance of Viking Cold’s TES technology into numerous utility programs across the country.
Prior to joining Viking Cold, Collin had three decades of sales and leadership experience and more than 20 years in wholesale and retail energy. He held executive and leadership roles with StarTex Power/Constellation, Gexa Energy, Direct Energy, and Reliant Energy. He attended Texas State University and earned sales and leadership certifications from universities including the Wharton School of Business, Villanova University, Rice University, and Motorola University.
He is considered a subject matter expert in thermal energy storage and frequently presents at engineering, grocery, cold storage, utility, and energy storage conferences around the world.
Thorsten Heller is the CEO at Greenbird, responsible for accelerating the energy revolution for utilities with Utilihive. Thorsten has long-term international experience from the energy industry as a CTO, integration developer, product manager, enterprise architect, technology advisor and technology evangelist. He is a much sought-after speaker on system integration within the utility industry, and a leading social media influencer on open source technology. He holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering and Information Technology from the Cooperative State University Mosbach.
Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks engaged in competitive new business models, technologies, and financing mechanisms revolutionizing how energy is generated, sold, and consumed in the U.S. electric power sector.
Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar, wind, energy storage, , hydroelectric, biomass, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility scale solar PV project in the US), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility scale energy storage transaction).
Todd also teaches Energy Project Development and Finance, as an Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Sam Choi is the Manager for Emerging Technologies and Renewables for OUC—The Reliable One, the 14th largest municipal utility in the United States. Sam is responsible for overseeing the development of new renewable energy projects and programs as well as evaluating and demonstrating emerging technologies. His efforts are key to OUC meeting its sustainability goals and staying on the cutting edge of clean energy technology. Sam is currently leading OUC’s efforts in acquiring new utility-scale solar power, development of a microgrid, and advancing integration of distributed energy resources and battery storage in OUC’s grid.
Previously, Sam was a Project Director at Boston Pacific Company, Inc., an energy consulting firm in Washington DC that specialized in financial and technology advisory of power project investments in the electric utility industry. For close to a decade at the firm, Sam consulted for a number of investor owned utilities, state public utilities commissions, and federal government agencies on several billion dollars of new investment. His work leading such efforts spanned a range of technologies from solar, wind, geothermal, to energy storage, ocean energy and HVDC transmission.
Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Sam serves on the Florida Energy Systems Consortium Advisory Board. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Elta is a Research Manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint Ph.D. funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds a Master of Science degree in economics and management of network industries and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.
Fei Wang is a Grid Edge Analyst with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), specializing in customer energy management. Fei was previously a consultant in ICF’s energy practice where she worked on assessing the impact of environmental regulations for commercial, government and non-profit clients. Prior to that, Fei earned her Master of International Affairs with a concentration in energy and environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). During graduate school, Fei worked with New York Power Authority (NYPA) on renewable energy procurement, the State Energy Plan and the ReCharge New York program. Fei holds a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.
Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie - formerly GTM Research, focusing on the U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage market. He leads GTM Research’s quarterly U.S. storage market report, The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, published in collaboration with the Energy Storage Association. Prior to joining GTM, Brett earned a Master of Science degree in sustainable systems at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. He first became interested in energy storage systems and their potential to revolutionize the energy sector through his coursework and master's project. Brett also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and environmental studies from New York University.
Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.
He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
Isaac Maze-Rothstein is a Research Associate for Wood Mackenzie’s Grid Edge team,focused on microgrids. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Isaac led Solstice Initiative’s community solar outreach. He alsosupported clean technology start-ups in Greentown Labs connect with strategic partners. He graduated with honors from Williams College with a major in Political Science.One sentence: Isaac conductsresearch andanalysis onmicrogrids and related technologies in North America.Isaacanalyzesthemicrogrid market and related technologies in North America.HejoinedWood Mackenzie in 2017.Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Isaac had avarietyof roles with clean technology startupsas a sales lead and process analyst.